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Jordan & Petra - 6th February - Home time & final thoughts

So our short break in Jordan had all too soon come to an end. Our alarm went off at 4:00am and the first thing I saw was a text from BA advising our flight home had been cancelled. They where offering us to fly back later with Royal Jordanian or defer coming home until Friday but unfortunately that wasnt an option as Kirsty was back at work. No matter how happy we would of been to stay we needed to get back so we met up with Khaled at 5:00am for our final drive with him to the airport.

We spent the time chatting and eating our breakfast boxes and after an hour we arrived at Amman airport. It was time for us to say goodbye to Khaled. He was much more than a driver and as we all hugged and he called me brother we said our goodbyes and we knew we had made a good friend. He asked if we would return to which our answer was definitely but we would want him to be the one to show us more of this great country.

We headed into the airport and found the BA desk and after over 90 minutes of trying to sort it out we finally had our tickets then had to wait in another queue for over an hour with Royal Jordanian to check in and drop our case off. I was a bit fed up at this point. The issue was that as we had two people on our booking they where struggling to switch it so passports had to be copied and sent to London to sort it out, which eventually it was, but at one point I wasnt sure if wed be travelling home that day.

Passports and security cleared we stopped for a coffee and bite to eat and I picked up a Starbucks mug. We boarded on time and left pretty much on time. The flight was full and we saw plenty of people who wed been trying to sort our tickets out with. After coming home I did speak to BA and they advised I qualified for cancellation compensation, one phone call and theyve sorted a refund of 600, more than happy with that!

We landed about 3 hours later and at terminal 3 instead of 5 and I sorted with meet and greet to drop our car there instead which was no issue. We where soon back on the road to Hull by about 3:30pm. Usual traffic issues on the M25 but we where home by 8pm with a Macdonalds in hand so we could sit and have a catch up with Sam. He could tell us what hed been up to and show us his new car. We could tell him about our time in Jordan.

And so our holiday to Jordan had ended, wed had the most fantastic break and I know it wont be the only time we head to this amazing country. We both said wed had an unforgettable time and its a holiday well always remember.

Final thoughts

Jordan exceeded all my expectations. I had a feeling I would like it but I came away really loving the country with a real desire to go back and see more.

Planning a private tour was something we havent done before usually doing everything ourselves. I had priced this up doing it myself but the tour with Jordan Select Tours didnt cost that much more. As they built it around us, what we wanted see and when it worked perfectly and to be honest I think I have now been a bit spoilt. Ive done bus trips/group tours before and I dont mind them but this was very much our agenda and the timings where all ours. If we wanted longer somewhere it was fine, didnt want to stop for lunch, no problem. There was no waiting around for other people and was totally flexible. It really was brilliant and I would certainly do this type of trip again.

I feel we only scratched the service on the sights this country has to offer. I came on a desire to see Petra but found a country which offered so much more, Petra did not disappoint at all. What we did see was breathtaking and impressive in equal measure. We are not church goers but seeing the religious sights was something very special. Where Jesus was baptised, where Moses looked out on the Promised Land, Lots Cave, it was hard not to be a bit moved standing in the footsteps of these people from history.

Jerash and Petra just blew me away. Cant describe the feeling of walking through the siq and catching sight of the treasury or standing in the forum in Jerash. Pictures will never do it justice and a repeat visits would be needed to explore these places more.

I loved Amman, a truly awesome city, busy and buzzing. Such a great atmosphere with friendly locals.

I know Jordan is situated in a part of the world that has its conflicts and just before we went there was the incident between Iran and the USA. I felt perfectly safe wherever we where in Jordan. Khaled spoke with us about some of the issues and although security is visible in hotels and at sights it wasnt unnerving at all. The police we met and spoke with told us we where welcome. There can be issues from neighbouring countries but please dont let this stop you going. The people where some of the most welcoming and kindest I have ever met on my travels. Id go back there in a heartbeat and felt more than happy wandering around and exploring.

Finally our friend Khaled. I honestly dont think wed have enjoyed it as much if we didnt have Khaled to show us round. He made us welcome from the minute we met him. We laughed, talked, found out about each other and he went out of his way to make it perfect. He changed up what we did to maximise our time, added in stops to show us something different, foods to try, sights wed not thought about, this guy made the trip. He taught us so much about Jordan, its people, culture and history. Wed love to meet up with him when we return and would want our brother and friend to be the one to show us more of this amazing country on our return.

Next for us is a citybreak to Brussels with my sister and brother in law followed by a Disneyland Paris trip with Sam in July. Weve booked to go to China in October - flights and private tour - currently our plan is still to go but we are watching the situation with the Coronavirus and taking our steer from how this progresses . If we cant travel well head somewhere else but I sincerely hope for all concerned and those effected this is resolved and sorted as soon as possible.

Finally needless to say Jordan will always be special to me, Ive got some wonderful memories from this trip. If anyone wants anymore information, what we did or to ask me any questions just let me know. It will always be one of the most amazing places Ive been too and if youre thinking of visiting please do sure you wont be disappointed.

Thanks for reading along.

Edited at 09:41 PM.
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